Add a gun that can’t shoot straight to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 track record

Add a gun that can’t shoot straight to the problems that dog Lockheed Martin Corp.’s $428 billion F-35 program, including more than 800 software flaws.

The 25mm gun on Air Force models of the Joint Strike Fighter has “unacceptable” accuracy in hitting ground targets and is mounted in housing that’s cracking, the Pentagon’s test office said in its latest assessment of the costliest U.S. weapons system.

The annual assessment by Robert Behler, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, doesn’t disclose any major new failings in the plane’s flying capabilities. But it flags a long list of issues that his office said should be resolved — including 13 described as Category 1 “must-fix” items that affect safety or combat capability…

The number of software deficiencies totaled 873 as of November…That’s down from 917 in September 2018, when the jet entered the intense combat testing required before full production, including 15 Category 1 items. What was to be a year of testing has now been extended another year until at least October.

But, don’t worry. Uncle Sugar seems to be keeping up with the printing of tax dollars they ship by the bale to Lockheed Martin.

3 thoughts on “Add a gun that can’t shoot straight to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 track record

  1. nicknielsensc says:

    I learned long ago to never…NEVER…buy multi-function equipment. It might cost less to start, but over time, you’re going to have more problems.

    Generals, apparently, never learn that lesson.

  2. 3CardMonte says:

    Lockheed Martin, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) prime contractor, could be required to financially compensate the Pentagon for unmet requirements in the program’s system development and demonstration (SDD) phase, a former program official tells Jane’s .
    The F-35 program had closed out 493 of the 536 SDD capability requirements as of 17 September, the Pentagon’s Department of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) said in its fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) report released on 3 February. The 43 remaining represent either unmet requirements that will never be met, also known as written off, or those requiring additional development and testing to evaluate performance, also known as written down.
    The former program official said on 4 February that when the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin negotiate these remaining 43 requirements, the Pentagon will either reduce the requirement or will take it off the books. In either case, the Pentagon has the right to go back to Lockheed Martin and receive some kind of consideration for not meeting the requirement.
    This could be money or it could be additional services or capabilities that it did not ask for in the original contract. For example, Lockheed Martin could exceed a requirement that it met in exchange for writing off a requirement that it could not meet.
    Speaking of additions: “Lockheed Martin has added Joe Dunford, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to its board of directors, the company announced Friday.”

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